GREAT SINGERS AT THE THEATER SAN FERNANDO OF SEVILLE
Before the start of the nineteenth century, only the most important cities outside Italy had regular, or even frequent seasons of Italian opera. But opera started to spread rapidly, and by 1850 countless cities had such seasons. Seville was unusual in that, starting in the the 183os and perhaps earlier, a company alternated between there and Cadiz, with occasional side trips to Malaga and other Iberian cities. This changed in 186o, when the Teatro San Fernando had its' first spring season,. Singers of moderate importance were featured
in that season, but more and more stars started to come every year. By the 187os, the caliber of the international artists singing in Seville was exceeded only to those in London and Vienna. By the 188os, Vienna had stopped having their regular spring seasons--making Seville second in the whole world in the glamour of these visits by International stars.